2020 NBA Dynasty Rookie Rankings

Updated 1/14/21

  1. LaMelo Ball – PG – Charlotte Hornets – LaMelo will have the ball in his hands early and often and should put up big numbers (on less than stellar efficiency early in his career). He’ll give you elite rebound and assist numbers for a point guard and should score at a nice clip as well. If you can handle the inefficient shooting numbers that are likely to come early in his career then go ahead and take LaMelo no.1 overall in your dynasty league. There’s a real chance he won’t end up as the best NBA player out of this draft over the course of a full career but he’s got the best chance to put up big numbers early and of course he’ll be an alluring trade chip.
  2. James Wiseman – C – Golden State Warriors – Wiseman has elite fantasy upside but you might have to be a little patient with him. He should put up big rebounding and elite shot blocking numbers early in his career and I fully expect his offensive game to come along nicely and round out his fantasy value. He’s a decent FT shooter for a big and should have elite FG%. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as a top 20 fantasy player a few years down the line.
  3. Tyrese Haliburton – PG/SG – Sacramento Kings – Hali fills up the stat sheet with efficient production, making the most of his touches and shots. His fit next to Fox is nice and he should get a lot of open shots. He’ll give you good assist and rebounding numbers and gets a lot of steals as well. He’s not the most sexy dynasty pick but should return good value.
  4. Patrick Williams – SF/PF – Chicago Bulls – Williams was one of the youngest players in the draft and also has one of the highest ceilings…you might just have to be a little patient with him. He’s a 3 level scorer who can really get to the rim and has made huge strides with his 3pt shooting. He’s a plus rebounder and a standout defender who will fill up the stat sheet for you.
  5. Onyeka Okongwu – PF/C – Atlanta Hawks – This might be too low for Onyeka. He’ll be a monster shot blocker and rebounder, should get a good about of steals, he’ll have elite FG% and doesn’t hurt you at the foul line. If you need a PF/C put him high on your draft board.
  6. Deni Avdija – SF – Washington Wizards – Deni is an elite talent who just needs to get more consistent hitting the outside shot in order to be an elite fantasy asset. He’s an uptempo player who’s aggressive at taking the ball into the paint and is a great play-maker for a young forward. His assist numbers should be high for a SF. Deni should be a second scoring option early in his career and has some primary scoring potential. Don’t sleep on this kid.
  7. Tyrese Maxey – PG/SG – Philadelphia 76ers – Maxey has been gaining confidence and just put up a huge game (39 points) for the Sixers. He’s a straight scorer with an elite mid range and floater game.
  8. Anthony Edwards – SG – Minnesota Timberwolves – Edwards will get you buckets. He’ll drain 3’s and throw down a lot of highlight reel dunks. But, like with LaMelo, he probably won’t be very efficient early on (or ever?). Still the scoring output could be worth it, as he’s got the best chance of any player in this draft to lead the league in scoring someday. He’s got all the tools to be a standout defender (although he didn’t always give effort in college) and could surprise to the upside with his steal and blocks numbers.
  9. Saddiq Bey – SF – Detroit Pistons – Bey fell farther than he should’ve on draft day and will likely play a key role for the Pistons. If he can add some defensive stats to his offensive production he’d be a steal here. When he’s been given the minutes he’s produced nicely and his minutes will only increase as the season goes on.
  10. Precious Achiuwa – PF – Miami Heat – While not being a polished offensive player Achiuwa is loaded with upside and will contribute early with his rebounding, defensive stats and transition finishing.
  11. Obi Toppin – PF – New York Knicks – Toppin is an offensive juggernaut (or at least he was in college) who should fill it up early in his Knicks career. He’s efficient with his touches, can hit the 3 ball and projects as a relatively high usage player. He might not be the best long term prospect in this draft class but the projected early production gives him some added value. He’s a terrible defender but if he can at least put up some stocks numbers it’ll take his fantasy value to a new level. His rebounding should translate and he attacks the glass on both ends of the floor.
  12. Isaac Okoro – SF – Cleveland Cavaliers – Okoro will be a really good NBA player but his fantasy projection is a bit uncertain. He’s not a first or second option scorer and his 3pt shooting is a work in progress. Okoro would be a nice addition to rebuilding/tanking dynasty teams since he might take a few years to return value – but if he hits he’ll be a two way monster with great block and steal numbers, good assists and rebounds and efficient scoring. Patience could be rewarded here.
  13. Immanuel Quickley – PG/SG – New York Knicks – Immanuel has adjusted quickly to the NBA game and has looked really good so far. He projects as a potentially elite 3pt sniper who can handle some point guard duties as well. It looks like the Knicks got a steal on draft night.
  14. Desmond Bane – SG – Memphis Grizzlies – Bane landed in a perfect situation in Memphis where he’ll get to play decent minutes and contribute early. His 3pt. shooting and play-making will translate and he should contribute in all categories.
  15. Cole Anthony – PG – Orlando Magic – Cole fell to no. 15 on draft day but in dynasty rookie drafts he should go higher. With Fultz out for the year Cole will get a ton of opportunity to get minutes and fill up the stat sheet. He’ll be inefficient but a high usage player.
  16. Aleksej Pokusevski – SF/PF – Oklahoma City Thunder – This is the point in dynasty drafts where you want to swing for the fences. Poku has looked surprisingly good and more NBA ready than anticipated so far and he could get minutes early for this rebuilding Thunder team.
  17. Payton Pritchard – PG – Boston Celtics – Pritchard has been getting a lot of minutes, putting up good numbers and looking like one of the steals of the draft. He’s quick, aggressive, can shoot the rock and is damn fun to watch.
  18. Devin Vassell – SF – San Antonio Spurs – This might be too low for Vassell, as he’s a solid player on both ends of the court and should benefit from the system in San Antonio. He’ll give you 3pters and stocks and efficient scoring.
  19. Isaiah Stewart – PF/C – Detroit Pistons – Might have been over-drafted by the Pistons but projects as a long term rotation player who should provide solid, if unspectacular stats.
  20. Xavier Tillman – PF/C – Memphis Grizzlies – Tillman will be one of the more efficient rookies this year and should give you decent rebounding numbers with some assists as well. He’s a sleeper to keep an eye on. If things go right for him he’ll be a fantasy stud.
  21. Malachi Flynn – PG – Toronto Raptors – Flynn landed in a perfect spot in Toronto and looked really good in preseason. So far he hasn’t been getting minutes for the Raptors but that could change as the season progresses. He’s worth a stash.
  22. Jalen Smith – PF – Phoenix Suns – Smith was a bit of a surprise as a top 10 pick but I love the fit in Phoenix. Playing next to Ayton will allow him to play to his strengths, giving you shot blocking, rebounding and 3pt shooting.
  23. Theo Maledon – PG – Oklahoma City Thunder – Theo is off to a good start and should get plenty of minutes this year, especially the second half of the year.
  24. Killian Hayes – PG – Detroit Pistons – Killian had a rough start to his career and is now sidelined with an injury. He might pan out eventually but it might take a few years.
  25. Kira Lewis Jr. – PG – New Orleans Pelicans – Kira will have the ball in his hands a lot and his stats will benefit from his up tempo style of play. He’s surrounded by scorers, which will help his assist numbers and he should be a dynamic transition player.
  26. Aaron Nesmith – SF – Boston Celtics – Nesmith promises to be an elite 3pt shooter in the League and an efficient overall scorer.
  27. Josh Green – SG – Dallas Mavericks – Green looks the part of an NBA level defender, which could earn him some minutes this year. If his 3pt shot works out he’ll have real fantasy value.
  28. Zeke Nnaji – PF – Denver Nuggets – Zeke might be the most underrated rookie and could have a breakout year for the Nuggets. He’s much more than just a rebounder/defender. If you have an extra bench spot he could be a good stash.
  29. Jaden McDanials – SF – Minnesota Timberwolves – Jaden is a boom or bust player with big upside who is worth a stash.
  30. Vernon Carey Jr. – PF/C – Charlotte Hornets – Has a lot of offensive talent and should benefit a lot over the years from LaMelo’s passing.
  31. R.J. Hampton – SG – Denver Nuggets – Probably won’t see a lot of minutes this year and could spend time in the G League but has talent and could eventually make his mark.
Warriors draft pick James Wiseman